Furbearer Hunting Regulations and Falconry

Only general wildlife management area (WMA) are covered. For specific WMA regulations, obtain individual WMA brochures published annually for each area. WMA brochures are available at MyFWC.com/Hunting/WMA-Brochures Not a Mobile-Enabled Link, FWC regional offices and some county tax collectors’ offices.

Furbearer trapping regulations

  • Bobcat and otter may be trapped statewide by licensed trappers Dec. 1, 2015–Mar. 1, 2016. No limits.
  • Raccoon, opossum, coyote, beaver, skunk and nutria may be trapped statewide by licensed trappers year round. No limits.
  • Minks, Everglades minks, weasels and round-tailed muskrats cannot be taken or possessed.

License requirements: A trapping license ($26.50) is required:

  • When taking or attempting to take furbearing animals using live traps or snares.
  • To sell the pelts or meat of furbearing animals to licensed fur dealers, whether taken by trap, snare or gun. Trapping licenses are not required of residents 65 years of age or older.

Methods of take: Furbearers may be taken with guns, live traps, snares (including power snares), and recorded game calls. Live traps and snares must be checked every 24 hours.

Prohibited: The use of steel leg-hold traps, dog-proof raccoon traps and bodygrip (conibear) traps is prohibited. Using or possessing steel leg-hold traps where wildlife might be found is prohibited, unless authorized by permit from the FWC executive director. It is illegal to transport wild-trapped raccoons within; into or from the state, except by FWC permit or authorization.

Wildlife management areas: Furbearers may not be taken on WMAs unless specifically authorized by area regulations.

Closed season on fox: Trapping or shooting foxes is prohibited. Foxes may not be killed but may be chased with dogs year-round. Foxes or untanned fox pelts may not be possessed, except by permit from the FWC executive director. A permit is not required when getting a road-killed fox mounted by a taxidermist.

Commercial furbearer requirements

One must possess a fur dealer’s license ($100.00) to engage in the buying or selling of meat or fur from furbearing mammals for commercial purposes, or to solicit business by mail or advertising.

CITES tag requirements: Bobcat and otter pelts taken for commercial purposes must be tagged with a CITES tag. Licensed fur dealers and their agents must tag otter and bobcat pelts immediately upon receipt. CITES tags are also required when transporting pelts of bobcat or otter across state lines. The possession of pelts of bobcat and otter is prohibited during the period of April 1 to November 30 unless pelts have been tagged. Tags are distributed to trappers and dealers upon request. To obtain CITES tags, call the FWC Waterfowl and Small Game Management Program at 850-488-5878. Fur dealers are held accountable for disposition of tags and are required to return unused tags by April 15, 2016.


Wildlife management area regulations can differ.

Season dates:

  • Gray squirrels and quail may be taken statewide by permitted falconers Oct. 1, 2015 – March 31, 2016.
  • Rabbits may be taken year-round.


Daily bag and possession limits:

SpeciesDaily bag limitPossession limit
 Quail  12  24
 Gray Squirrel  12  24
 Rabbit  12  24

Migratory game birds may be taken and possessed by falconers only during times and within bag limits determined annually by the FWC and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Migratory game bird seasons for 2015–2016 were not established at the time these regulations were published. For season dates, contact the Waterfowl and Small Game Management Program at 850-488-5878 or visit MyFWC.com/Hunting/Regulations. Detailed rules concerning falconry permits Not a Mobile-Enabled Link are available from the Division of Law Enforcement, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, 620 S. Meridian St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600 or call 850-488-5878.


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